3rd Brake Light Follow Up

New 3rd Brake LightNew 3rd Brake LightNew 3rd Brake LightNew Euro TagNew Euro TagFinished installing the 3rd brake light today. Turned out exactly the way that I wanted it to. Its new, but still has a hint of a vintage look. And boy is it bright, itll certainly get peoples attention at night. I also installed my European tag that I ordered from customeuropeanplates.com. 68 for the year, KY for the state, then E272 which is my historical plate number. It also came with a free mounting bracket. Very pleased with the quality.

3rd Brake Light Project

3rd Tail Light Project3rd Tail Light Project3rd Tail Light Project3rd Tail Light Project3rd Tail Light ProjectSo Ive started on another project that may appeal to some and may be repulsive to others, but hey, its my Beetle and Ill do what I want. lol Anyhow, I wanted to add a 3rd brake light but keep the vintage look without paying the price for a vintage brake light. So I turned to Speedway Motors to see if they had a red lens lamp that would match the amber fog lights that I installed a couple of months ago. Unfortunately, they only offered amber and clear. As a matter of fact, finding a red lens fog light is pretty much impossible and since I wanted the style to match my amber fog lights, I ordered the clear lamp from Speedway Motors, ordered a bumper bracket to mount it on and set out to find a way to make it red. While waiting for the goodies to arrive, I went ahead and did the wiring for the new lamp. That took all of 5 minutes. I thought about replacing the bulb with a red bulb, but finding a red bulb that would work was also impossible. Then I thought about making a gel that I could put behind the lens. Again, these lamps from Speedway Motors are really nice, built to last and of course, theyre sealed. So that blew out the gel idea. While researching, I came across this product by VHT specifically for clear lenses. Its used to make them red or it can be used to freshen up your already red lenses. It stated that itd work on glass, so I figured Id give it a try. If it didnt work, itd be easy enough to remove and Id be back to square one. My bracket wont be here until Friday, but the lamp arrived today. So I took it apart, prepped the lens and gave the VHT product a try. Id already tested it on a piece of plexi-glass that I had laying around and it worked wonderfully, but I still wasnt sure how itd work on a glass lens. I gave the lens a total of 3 coats, waiting 15 minutes in between each coat. This stuff dries very fast, applies very smoothly and is very easy to work with. After 3 coats and about 8 hours of drying time, I put the lamp back together and tested it with the wiring that Id already installed. I think it looks great, now I just have to wait for the bracket mount to arrive.

Deck Lid Wall Light Project Part 3

VW Deck Lid LightVW Deck Lid LightVW Deck Lid LightVW Deck Lid LightVW Deck Lid LightBetween last night and this evening, I got a lot done on the deck lid wall light. Got the shelf stained and sealed, it turned out exactly the way that I wanted it to. Made a trip to Hobby Lobby and picked up the light for the license plate hood. Got all of the wiring secured. Modified the license plate hood so the light would fit properly. Put everything together and hung it for a test fitting. Im already working on another unit for a friend of mine, so Im using the orange license plate hood until I can get my blue one put back one. Still waiting for the seal for the license plate hood, hopefully that will be here tomorrow or Friday and I can wrap this project up and call it complete. Im very happy with the way it has turned out so far. Hope to get a pic of the finished product in a day or two.

Finished Product:
Finished Light / ShelfFinished Light / ShelfGot the seal for license plate hood in the mail today, so I buttoned up this project. So I ended up with less than 20 dollars in the whole project, but keep in mind, many of the parts where donated. Looking forward to finishing another one for a friend who donated some parts to this one. Im very, very pleased with the way it turned out.

Deck Lid Wall Light Project Part 1
Deck Lid Wall Light Project Part 2
Deck Lid Wall Light Project Part 3

Deck Lid Wall Light Project Part 2

LED's InstalledLED's InstalledLED's InstalledLED's InstalledI got the LED strip installed on the inner part of the deck lid that will provide back lighting. A friend of mine had ordered a bunch of these on Ebay, so he gave me a set to test. The strip can be cut and soldered in various lengths and double sided tape secures it to the deck lid. These are RGB LED strips, so they can display just about any color at any brightness. Pretty cool! A little bit of cable management and so far, Im very happy with the results. Just need to make it to Hobby Lobby to pick up the light for the license plate housing, stain (maple) and seal the shelf, then hang it. Ive already got a request for 2 more.

Deck Lid Wall Light Project Part 1
Deck Lid Wall Light Project Part 2
Deck Lid Wall Light Project Part 3

Deck Lid Wall Light Project Part 1

VW DecklidIll just leave you guessing with this pic. But Ill tell you this.it will not go on a car. It will have a lot more rust on it when Im finished. It will be functional and serve a purpose. I dont have a plan for this project, Im just winging it as I go. Dont want to have a lot of money into the project, so Im using spare parts around the garage. If I can do what I want to do for less than 50 dollars, Ill be very happy!

VW Deck LidStarted with a donated deck lid from a friend of mine. It was actually in really good condition, so I began the process of aging it a bit. Trying to make it look like its been sitting in a field for about 20 years. Started by replacing the license plate light hood that I had laying around, also ordered a gasket for the hood. So far, Im 12 dollars in to the project. Finished the night with some light sanding. BTW, as a rusting agent, Im using 1 part white vinegar, 1 part hydrogen peroxide and 1 part table saltheat the area, apply the mixture and let it sit. Works like a charm!

Rusting VW Deck LidModified License Plate HoodFinished doing all of the sanding that Im going to do on the deck lid. The idea is to have it look like its been sitting in a field for many years. As I mentioned before, I used a mixture of table salt, hydrogen peroxide and white vinegar on the bare metal to start the rusting process. So far, Im very pleased with the results. I also had to modify the license plate light housing to accept the new light that Ill be using. Still need to make a trip to Hobby Lobby to find what Im looking for.

Clear CoatedFinished the rust enhancement, sanding and got everything clear coated in a satin finish. Mounted the license plate, cleaned up the deck lid release and fitted the license plate light hood. Ordered the proper seal for the hood, should be here some time next week. Still need to make a trip to Hobby Lobby to pick up the light, then I need to determine if Im going to make this just a light fixture or a shelf. All in due time. 🙂

VW Deck Lid ShelfVW Deck Lid ShelfGot the wood cut for the shelf and the VW badge installed. Still havent decided exactly what Im going to do with the shelf. I cut this prototype out of 212, I dont know if Im going to stay with that or maybe try a 112. Also dont know if Im going to stain the wood or paint it. The overall weight of the entire display is much lighter than it looks. Hanging it, even while using the 212 for the shelf, shouldnt be a problem. So far, Im very pleased with the results 🙂

Deck Lid Wall Light Project Part 1
Deck Lid Wall Light Project Part 2
Deck Lid Wall Light Project Part 3